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“Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach” - George Bernard Shaw
In Andrew’s case, Shaw was wrong! Not only does he play world-class bridge at the highest level (and frequently wins), he is also the teacher of choice for thousands of Bridge players and students across the world.
Our original Patreon page
BridgeCast was launched in March 2020 as the UK entered into Lockdown as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Although Andrew had been thinking for a while about a daily video service for his followers, life was too busy to get things together to find the time and space to put the idea into action.
With lockdown, Andrew’s Bridge Clubs and Bridge Events around the UK suddenly stopped and he had a bit of time on his hands. A quick call to our colleague Nick Boss brought in some much needed technical expertise and extra enthusiasm. Ten days later, with invaluable help from Andrew’s wife Lorna, BridgeCast was launched on March 26th.
Hundreds of messages poured in from Andrew’s supporters forced into isolation, many of them in the older age bracket, who were desperate for Bridge while the country was in lockdown.
BridgeCast’s original Dashboard view
We first launched BridgeCast on the Patreon platform but quickly came to realise that for our purposes, we would need to build our own website. We produced our first website in September 2020 which was subsequently upgraded in 2021 and again, after a major rebuild, in 2023.
In the meantime, Andrew and Lorna’s daughters Hannah and Mimi joined Lorna in the BridgeCast customer support team, dealing with subscribers and their needs on a daily basis, so BridgeCast is a true family business. Martin Jones is another much valued member of the team, helping not only with customer support but all the other important stuff like accounting, payroll, paying bills and making sure we keep things shipshape. And of course the much valued editing team, whose job is to make sure the videos work.
BridgeCast’s upgraded Dashboard and website
As we move into the next stage of our development, we are excited that we now have our own upgraded website.
The core team of Andrew, Lorna, Nick and Martin have worked very hard on bringing this to life, together with our valued web developers. It will enable us to offer much more flexibility to our subscribers, all of whom can now curate their own BridgeCast “journey” to suit their needs. We have a few other ideas up our sleeves too.
As we have evolved, we have also been keen to support a charitable organisation, in particular one which might otherwise have suffered during the pandemic, and chose to support the mental health sector. So far this has been through MIND and the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust but watch this space for further developments. We welcome your comments and suggestions.
We are truly grateful for the opportunity this has given us to reach out to Andrew's followers, both existing and new.
You can cancel your BridgeCast subscription at any time. This is easily done from your BridgeCast account or our support team can do it for you.
Please note that when your subscription cancels, you will lose access to the videos in your account, but anytime you resubscribe, access to all your previous videos will return at no extra cost. We also offer a reduced cost 'freeze' option where you stop getting new content, but keep access to your videos. Daily subscriptions offer access to one new video every day, Lite subscriptions offer access to three new videos a week. The weekly quiz is included with a Daily subscription at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Level 4 includes a 'Sunday Special', something different, perhaps a famous player playing a hand - from yesteryear or a recent tournament.